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Drinking coffee may cut risk of chronic liver disease, study suggests

UK analysis shows people who drank coffee had 49% reduced risk of dying from the conditionFrom espresso to instant, coffee is part of the daily routine for millions. Now research suggests the brew could be linked to a lower chance of developing or dying from chronic liver disease.Chronic liver disease is a major health problem around the world. According to the British Liver Trust, liver disease is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, with deaths having risen 400% since 1970. Co...
Tags: Health, Coffee, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research


Simon Jenkins is wrong about the NHS infected blood inquiry | Letters

A public inquiry was the only way to get justice for those affected by this scandal, which went on for two decades and was covered up for 20 years more, writes Diana Johnson MPI categorically disagree with the comments from Simon Jenkins about the use and purpose of public inquiries, and with his particular reference to the NHS infected blood inquiry (Public inquiries are institutionally corrupt, we should just give the money to victims, 17 June) .After nearly 40 years of campaigning and the ref...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Theresa May, NHS, Health policy, Aids and HIV, Simon Jenkins, MPI, Hepatitis C, Diana Johnson, Contaminated blood scandal


Medical leaders urge Boris Johnson to bring air pollution below WHO limit

Alliance of doctors and nurses calls for environment bill to include reduction in small particle pollution limitsMedical leaders are urging Boris Johnson to cut legal levels of air pollution in the UK to below World Health Organization limits in response to the death of the schoolgirl Ella Kissi-Debrah from toxic air.Members of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change are calling for the reduction in limits of PM2.5 to be included in the environment bill, which returns to parliament this week. C...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Environment, Society, UK News, Air Pollution, Pollution, World Health Organization, Boris Johnson, Green politics, Ella Kissi Debrah, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change


‘I am very shy. It’s amazing I became a movie star’: Leslie Caron at 90 on love, art and addiction

The legendary actor reflects on her riches-to-rags childhood, confronting depression and alcoholism – and dancing with Gene Kelly and Fred AstaireLeslie Caron and her companion, Jack, greet me at the front of their apartment. They make a well-matched couple – slight, chic, immaculately coiffured. Caron, the legendary dancer and actor, is 90 in two weeks’ time. Jack, her beloved shih tzu, is about nine.Caron heads off to make the tea, with Sidney Bechet’s summery jazz playing in the background. I...
Tags: Health, Television, Musicals, Film, Alcohol, Life and style, Society, Depression, Culture, Television & radio, Warren Beatty, Alcoholism, Jack, Louis Armstrong, Francois Truffaut, Valentino


High stress may make ‘broken heart syndrome’ more likely, study finds

Condition also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy is brought on by an acute emotional shockTwo molecules associated with high stress levels have been implicated in the development of broken heart syndrome, a condition that mainly affects post-menopausal women and is usually brought on by severe stress, such as the loss of a loved one.The syndrome, formally known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is characterised by weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber and was first identified in 1990 in Japan...
Tags: Health, Japan, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Heart Attack


Children of obese mums at higher risk of fatty liver disease – study

Researchers say influences in the womb may play a role in increasing the risk of developing the conditionChildren of obese mothers have a greater risk of developing fatty liver disease in their 20s, according to researchers who say policymakers need to do more to tackle the promotion of poor-quality food and drink.Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be caused by obesity. If it progresses it can lead to serious health problems such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, while high levels of fat...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Society, Medical Research


Man finds ‘guardian angel’ who saved him from stroke

After Twitter appeal Mathew O’Toole’s family makes contact with Danielle who stopped on London street to helpThe family of a man who had a stroke on a street in central London has found the “guardian angel” who saved his life after an appeal on Twitter.Mathew O’Toole, 47, was sitting on a bench outside a coffee shop on Wigmore Street in Mayfair on 10 June when he began vomiting and sweating. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, London, Society, UK News, Stroke, Mayfair, Danielle, Wigmore Street, Mathew O'Toole


Trudeau makes global vaccine pledge but how committed is Canada?

Promise to donate 100m doses highlights questions about Canada’s seriousness in helping poorer countries vaccinateCanada has secured enough potential coronavirus vaccines to fully protect every resident nearly seven times over, even as a global shortage has forced poorer nations to wait.After initial hiccups with its vaccination plan, more than 65% of Canadians have now received at least one dose, edging ahead of early leaders Israel and the UK, and on Friday, Justin Trudeau said 68m doses will ...
Tags: Health, UK, Israel, Americas, Society, World news, Canada, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Coronavirus


Under-18s could be ‘reservoirs’ for virus when all adults are jabbed, expert warns

Unvaccinated children have potential to drive third wave of highly transmissible Delta variant, says virologistThe drive to vaccinate all adults over the age of 18 in the UK could lead to the concentration of Covid-19 cases in schoolchildren, a leading British virologist has warned.Under-18s would then become reservoirs in which new variants of the virus could arise, said Julian Tang, of Leicester University. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Julian Tang, Leicester University Continue


Ask Philippa: meet the Observer’s brilliant new agony aunt

As psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry becomes our new agony aunt, she reveals why helping you with your worries will help us all. Plus, a special welcome from Jay RaynerJohn Dunton founded the Athenian Mercury in the 1690s. A paper that consisted of readers’ questions and the answers. His idea was that readers could send in dilemmas to be answered by a panel of experts, the Athenian Society. But his great innovation was that they could do so anonymously and this has remained a feature of ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Media, Life and style, Society, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Mental Health, Dunton, Philippa Perry, Philippa, Jay RaynerJohn Dunton


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records more than 500,000 deaths from Covid; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs

Additional 2,301 fatalities push Brazil across grim milestone; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administeredThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 10.34pm BST Expert...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Society, World news, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Latin America, Reuters, Health Ministry, Milkha Singh, Coronavirus, COVID, Gonzalo Vecina


Coronavirus live news: Mexico City reshuts schools as it shifts up a tier; US has given more than 317,100,000 jabs

Mexico City had reduced restrictions only two weeks ago; US says 317,117,797 Covid vaccines have been administeredThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 8.59pm BST 8.42pm BS...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, US, Society, World news, Mexico City, Vaccines and immunisation, Namibia, Uae, United Arab Emirates UAE, Liberia Sierra Leone, Milkha Singh, Coronavirus, June Reuters


Four unhelpful myths about dementia: ‘Our bleak view is often unjustified’

Enduring myths lead to an undue anguish and reluctance to seek help for dementia. If you’re aware of them, prevention and delay are possibleA fear of dementia looms large in the minds of many, and understandably so. It is a condition with potentially devastating effects – incurable, progressive and which threatens to rob us of the essence of who we are. It is also a condition surrounded by unhelpful myths, however, and our bleak view is often unjustified. Prevention or delay are possible, and mu...
Tags: Health, Books, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Dementia


Biden threatened with communion ban over position on abortion

US bishops vote to stop pro-choice Catholics receiving eucharistRoman Catholic bishops in the US have voted to press ahead with moves that could result in Joe Biden being banned from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion, and that risks increasing tensions in a divided church.After three days of online debate, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted by three to one to draft new guidance on the eucharist. The unexpected strength of support for the move among the bishop...
Tags: Health, Religion, Women, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Abortion, Catholic, Biden


Coronavirus live news: queues for jabs at English football grounds; Brazil expected to pass 500,000 deaths

Long queues develop at football grounds including West Ham’s London Stadium as UK government urges everyone over 18 to get vaccinatedThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91See all our coronavirus coverage 5.31pm ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, India, Society, World news, Afghanistan, United Nations, Brazil, Astrazeneca, West Ham, Associated Press, Vaccines and immunisation, Malawi, African Union, Milkha Singh


London stadiums host ‘super Saturday’ of mass rapid Covid vaccinations

Tens of thousands turn up to grounds of West Ham, Spurs and others, as young people are urged to get jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLondoners received tens of thousands of Covid jabs in just a few hours on Saturday as football grounds in the capital were transformed into mass vaccination centres.Huge jab clinics have been set up at the London Stadium, Stamford Bridge, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, and Selhurst Park. Continu...
Tags: Health, London, Football, Society, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Charlton Athletic, Sadiq Khan, West Ham Spurs, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: queues for jabs at England football grounds; Brazil expected to pass 500,000 deaths

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowThird wave of Covid ‘definitely under way’ in UK, says expertHow Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UKCovid jabs for billions of humans will earn makers billions of dollarsNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as dem...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, London, Washington, China, Russia, US, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Taiwan, Beijing, Delta, Brazil


Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

We look at the drug firms – led by Pfizer and Moderna – that are set to profit most in an unprecedented global vaccination driveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars from their Covid-19 vaccines this year and next, given G7 governments’ pledge to vaccinate the entire world by the end of 2022, but sales are likely to drop sharply thereafter, according to analysts.Acclaimed for allowing a ...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, US, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Karen Andersen, Morningstar Continue


Coronavirus live news: surge testing rolled out in Lambeth and Cumbria; Japan turns Olympic viewing sites into vaccine centres

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as demand growsSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.30pm BST Several English football grounds are being used as vaccination centres, including the London Stadium, where long queues have formed...
Tags: Health, Europe, Japan, UK, Russia, Society, World news, Delta, Lambeth, Vaccines and immunisation, East London, Cumbria, Milkha Singh, London Stadium, Coronavirus, Miranda Bryant


Coronavirus live news: s Covid restrictions to remain in German schools

Surge testing to begin in Lambeth and Cumbria following rise in cases of Delta variant as Russia reports a record 9,120 cases in MoscowNHS app gains 2.7m users as people rush to show Covid vaccine statusIndian athletics star Milkha Singh dies after catching Covid, aged 91UK holiday costs more than Europe as demand growsSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22pm BST On Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Univer...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Russia, Berlin, Society, World news, Delta, Lambeth, Vaccines and immunisation, UNHCR, Cate Blanchett, Cumbria, UN Refugee Agency, Berliner, Milkha Singh


‘It’s such a relief’: how Europe’s Covid vaccine rollout is catching up with UK

More supplies and vaccination centres have put France, Italy and Germany back on track in battle against coronavirusOn Friday morning, Leyla Çelik woke up with butterflies in her stomach. For weeks, the 22-year-old student at Berlin’s Freie Universität had tried in vain to get an appointment for her first Covid-19 vaccine shot so she could volunteer as a polling station administrator at federal elections in September. “I’d basically given up hope.”But last week her university had suddenly got in...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, European Union, Society, World news, Italy, Vaccines and immunisation, Berliner, France Italy, Freie Universitat, Coronavirus, Leyla Çelik


‘I’m living proof’: how Melbourne’s drug-injecting room has changed – and saved – lives

Despite established benefits, a proposed second facility in the city is facing fierce oppositionAt the lowest point of her 25-year addiction, Lisa Townsend had nothing left. Not her children, whom she had had to give up, nor a roof over her head. For three and a half years, she slept rough in the streets of the Melbourne CBD, scraping together whatever money she could to score heroin in the city, or along Victoria Street and Lennox Street in the nearby suburb of North Richmond.“My depression and...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria Street, North Richmond, Lennox Street, Lisa Townsend


Linen condoms and bed curtains: tour exposes history of sex in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland presents exploration of intimacy from 17th to 20th centuryThe chafing doesn’t bear thinking about. A replica linen condom secured with a dainty blue ribbon is one of the more wince-inducing props for a new exploration of the history of sex and intimate lives in Scotland.The other material used to fashion prophylactics in the 17th century was animal gut, which was dried then rehydrated at the crucial moment. The Edinburgh-born diarist James Boswell writes about dipping...
Tags: Health, Law, Sex, Scotland, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Social exclusion, LGBT rights, Contraception and family planning, Edinburgh, Sex trade, National Trust


Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked differences in the immune responses of medical staff who contracted Covid, with some appearing far be...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Coronavirus, COVID


Scotland was eight hours from running out of some PPE in Covid first wave

Audit Scotland says supplies of items such as gowns and masks ran very low in April last yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome stocks of PPE in Scotland came within eight hours of running out at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the country’s public spending watchdog.Audit Scotland said centrally held supplies of key items ran “very low” in April 2020. At points, long-sleeved gowns came within eight hours of running ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Scotland, Society, UK News, Health policy, Scottish politics, Coronavirus, COVID


How do we learn to live with Covid in the UK?

Analysis: Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the n...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta variant takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Coronavirus


Covid cases in England doubling every 11 days as Delta takes hold

Scientists say cases rising exponentially but vaccine progress should help reduce increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 cases are rising exponentially across England driven by younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.A study commissioned by the government found that infections increased by 50% between 3 May and 7 June, coinciding with the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant that is now dominant in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, Delta, Coronavirus


How do we learn to live with Covid?

Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original Delta variant hotspots – may have peaked for now, Public Health England expects recent rises in the north-west ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delta, Public Health England, Blackburn, Coronavirus


‘Frances made this happen!’ Jo Whiley on how her sister saved lives in the pandemic

The DJ was offered a vaccine before her learning disabled sister, who caught the disease. She discusses Frances’s illness, the campaign to change the priority list and the return of GlastonburyThere is a lot of joy in little glimmers of normality these days. For Jo Whiley’s sister, Frances, this includes being able to go back to bingo. “It means the world to her,” says Whiley, the BBC Radio 2 DJ. “And she won £30 last week, which was like she’d won a trillion pounds; she was so happy!” It was on...
Tags: Health, Music, Media, Society, Bbc, Disability, Culture, Festivals, Glastonbury festival, Music Festivals, Vaccines and immunisation, Radio industry, Learning disability, Radio 2, Northamptonshire, BBC Radio



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